Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Nothing is happening

I'm waiting to get my tax return before I can start building my trailer. You have to buy the trailer chassis before you get anything else, as it goes from the ground up (so to speak). Unfortunately, it's the single most expensive piece on the teardrop (around $400) so it's time to wait for me. It's not so bad though - the weather is crappy right now and I wouldn't want to be outside working on it anyway! Check back for more updates soon!

Monday, February 2, 2009


Plans procured. I'm only a little bit apprehensive. We've got a goodly amount of work ahead. I'm so excited about how much I'll learn, and the trailer I'll end up with, that the hours of work seem like fun.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The next step...

...involved getting my dad to agree to help me build my trailer. Luckily, he said yes! I think it will be a fun project for us to do together. Plus, he has a garage! Getting our days off to mesh will take a little tweaking, but I'm sure we'll get it done.

Buying my plans tomorrow, I think! Very exciting.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Starting off

About 6 months ago or so, I was reading one of my favorite shelter blogs, Shelteriffic, when I came across this post. I was intrigued, but promptly forgot about it (of course - my short-term memory leaves much to be desired). But when more posts appeared, starring these delightful trailers, it got me thinking....

I've always loved camping - car camping, to be specific. I'm not much of a pack it up on your back and walk 10 miles to get to the campsite kind of gal. I like to drive to the campground, and then camp there. We went car camping every summer when I was a kid and I loved it. Being raised in the Pacific Northwest instills a love of nature in you, and it's great to be out in it, getting some sunshine with your friends. As I've gotten older, I still love camping but I can't sleep very well on the ground. By the 3rd day, I'm incredibly cranky (just ask my sister K). So I got it back in my head that I wanted a teardrop trailer.

So I'm going to build one. I've looked through a lot of the plans offered online, and I've decided on these. I'm going to build the smaller trailer, the Cubby, because its base is a bolt-together heavy-duty trailer chassis (you can get them from Harbor Freight). The larger trailer requires that you weld together your own frame (intimidating!!!). I've never really built anything like this before, and I certainly haven't welded before, so any part that will make it easier for me is appreciated!

I'll be sure to include pictures as the progress, well, progresses.

I've added some teardrop trailer links to the sidebar as well. Wish me luck!